Final Thoughts – Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)

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Dragon Quest VIII has been on my mind a lot lately, and for good reason: I’ve played it in some capacity almost every day since it launched at the end of January. It’s somewhat unusual for me to play a game near-daily for over a month, but the 3DS version of DQ VIII lends itself to this for two reasons: 1) it’s a fantastic RPG and 2) it’s an incredible portable port, full of player-time-respecting tweaks.

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Episode 129 – Oh, U

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In this episode John and Ryan say goodbye to the Wii U with some of our favorite memories and games, but first plan our shopping carts for Switch launch day!

News:

Nintendo reveals Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC – new story, hard mode, more

TowerFall creator announces Celeste for Switch

No VC, but Shovel Knight and Fast RMX at launch

Switch Joy-Con desyncing issue examined/

Japan Launch Day Software Lineup Confirmed (NeoGeo, Blaster Master, Puyo Puyo Tetris, more!)

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

Fall Out Boy – Miss Missing You

Nintendo Switch Event – Chicago February, 2017


UPDATE: Now with video!

Nintendo’s Switch and Play hands on tour continues making its way through the country as we approach the system’s launch on March 3rd and I was lucky enough (thanks to some help from Jeremy of Qoopa Klub) to attend the Chicago stop on February 18th. Ryan and I recorded an episode all about it (listen here), so check that out for hardware and game impressions. Check out the photos below (click on one to scroll through them one at a time). I’ll probably update this post soon with a little video too. The event was super fun and everything ran really smoothly, so props and thanks to Nintendo for a great time and for the Switch-branded pretzels, goldfish, and cookies!  If you live in San Francisco, LA, or can make it to PAX East or SXSW, definitely try to make it out to play some Switch. Either way, it’s not long now until we all have the chance milk virtual cows and play Breath of the Wild in every conceivable venue or location. Can’t wait!

Episode 128 – Nintendo Switch Hands-on Impressions

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This episode is all about John’s impressions of the Nintendo Switch from the preview event in Chicago!

Games: 1 – 2 Switch, Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Fast RMX, Breath of the Wild, Sonic Mania, Splatoon 2

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

Pegboy – Strong Reaction

Episode 127 – Welcome to Janesville

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News:

The Dying Man Who Found Hope in ‘Breath of the Wild’

Game Informer Breath of the Wild Hub

David Wise composing Snake Pass

Netflix is making a Castlevania series written by Warren Ellis

The First Time Warren Ellis Wrote A Castlevania Animation, Ten Years Ago

Games:

Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragon Quest VIII 3DS, A Link Between Worlds

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

Alkaline Trio – Your Neck

Episode 126 – Imagine Dragon Quest

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News:

Pokken Tournament players raise $15k for the Make-a-Wish foundation

Nintendo’s First-Ever Super Bowl Ad Features Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda, and Imagine Dragons, unforch

Splatoon 2 voice chat features future clarified – set play appointments, private battle voice options

Switch online service to cost roughly the equivalent of $17-26 per year

Games:

Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragon Quest VIII 3DS, Donkey Kong ’94, Pokemon Duel

Music:

No Use for a Name – Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover) (*NEW* Unofficial Nintendo Fun Club Theme Song (through the Switch launch))

Screeching Weasel – Pauline